Progress Report YIAC abstract submission dead-line extended to Feb 4th

Call for abstracts - 50th Progress Report Meeting - Young Investigators Award Competition (YIAC)

Organized at the Spring Meeting of the Finnish Cardiac Society on April 10, 2024, in Helsinki.

The abstract submission deadline is January 31, 2024 at midnight (UTC+2). Abstract submission online service site is now open. Note that the online submission service does not allow you to make a draft. The form must be filled in one session! Useful tips and information from here.

The Progress Report Meeting - Young Investigators Award Competition (YIAC) is one of the major activities of the Finnish Cardiac Society (FCS). The annual competition is open for those Finnish investigators and foreign investigators working in Finland, who have not had their dissertation/doctoral thesis at the time of the competition and/or have not won the competition earlier on. The investigators can submit multiple abstracts, but only one abstract per presenter can be chosen to compete at the YIAC. Acceptance/rejection information will be sent at least 4 weeks before the meeting. All abstracts accepted to the competition will be published in Sydänääni (the membership journal of the FCS).

The abstracts submitted to the Progress Report Meeting must be original scientific research. The competition is open for all unpublished studies and for those research reports which have been published in a peer-reviewed journal after the previous Progress Report Meeting. If the paper has been published in electrical or printed form the presenter must provide written documentation that the publisher has given permission to publish the abstract in Sydänääni. In addition, the presenter of the abstract must have had a major contribution to the study, i.e., he/she must be either the first or second author of the paper and fulfill the above criteria.

Previous categories (clinical research and basic science) are now combined as one. The abstracts must be submitted using the on-line service by the deadline. The abstracts are blind-reviewed and graded based on their scientific merit and originality. Ten best graded abstracts will be presented orally in English as a pitch presentation (5 minutes pitch+ 5 minutes to answer questions from the YIAC judging panel and audience moderated by Chairperson) at the YIAC and the next 10 best graded abstracts will be presented as poster presentations. The meeting and therefore the oral presentations will be in front of a live audience (remote presentation are not possible).

The winner and first runner up of the YIAC will be rewarded with a grant of 1600-3000 € upon the decision of the jury. The organizers reserve the right to grant either one or two firsts or a first and a second prize upon the decision of the jury. Winners will be announced at the Progress Report Meeting 50 Years Anniversary Session on Thursday, April 11th, 2024.

The presenters of the YIAC will have a free admission to the Spring Meeting on April 10-12, 2024, Helsinki and their travel and accommodation costs are covered by the organizers. Presenters of the poster presentations will have a free admission to the Spring Meeting but unfortunately the travel and accommodation costs cannot be covered by the organizers.

Please note that submission of an abstract to a national/regional meeting like the Progress Report Meeting, does not prohibit submission of the same abstract to the major international cardiology congress and vice versa. 

Create your abstract content early - and send it well before the deadline! As you cannot make a draft online and to avoid the stress from “last minute” technical problems or unexpected events that may still occur it is wise to be prepared before the deadline.

Acceptance or rejection information is sent by e-mail to the presenting/first author’s e-mail by February 28.

Contact information: Finnish Cardiac Society, e-mail: maiju.pikkarainen(at) or phone +358 (0)50 592 1846.